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Bach to Bach Mahler

By | May 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm | 4 comments

The final day of the tour and we have a bit of a marathon to run, or hobble at any rate. Leaving the hotel at 6.45 am after a concert the night before in Lucerne, we get on a bus which takes us on a short journey to Zurich airport to arrive by 7am. Sunday mornings are never...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland & Leipzig May 2011

Train Tension

By | May 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm | No comments

The orchestra sat in near silence on the train this morning. The tension rising with the outside temperature as we sped through the mountains. I haven't felt this much pressure on a train since Sue Mallet was on a trip and was looking for volunteers for something or other. She...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Switzerland & Leipzig May 2011

Waiting for Christine…

By | March 28, 2011 at 10:15 am | 7 comments

I am at the moment sitting in a...

Posted in: Birmingham & Paris Mahler March 2011, LSO On Tour

Exit stage left

By | February 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm | No comments

Mahler's Third Symphony is always an event, partly due to the size of forces needed and the space required. The famous opening with the horns in full flight is truly astonishing writing and the power unleashed by Gergiev's hands in the ample acoustic of the Lincoln Centre is...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Philadelphia/New York February 2011

Megaron and the enormous organ

By | February 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm | One comment

Another year, another blog. Yes, I know its February but this is the first time I have managed to put virtual pen to...er...virtual paper. I was looking through some of the old blogs the other day which date back to 2007. The reason for this is that we are off to New York soon...

Posted in: Athens February 2011, LSO On Tour

The train rain refrain

By | November 16, 2010 at 2:57 pm | One comment

As an encore at the recital the other night, we played a little melancholy Welsh folk song. Simple but effective in its main aim of bringing a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. A member of the audience asked me at the reception afterwards if all Welsh folk songs were...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris November 2010

Colin and Nikolaj

By | November 15, 2010 at 9:39 am | No comments

After negotiating the ticket system of Europe, we successfully performed in the Chateau and consequently enjoyed a well earned lie in the next morning when the rest of the orchestra was on a very bumpy flight from Gatwick. As we met up with some wet colleagues in the foyer, it...

Posted in: LSO On Tour, Luxembourg/Paris November 2010

Maurice.

By | November 3, 2010 at 10:52 pm | 9 comments

?The relentless schedule which we undertake in this orchestra is tough. It forces you into a way of life which simply sounds ridiculous when you try and explain it to anyone outside of the orchestral world. The hours are long, hard and antisocial, families often take second...

Posted in: Cologne November 2010, LSO On Tour

Planning, Pokemon and Peacocks

By | September 10, 2010 at 9:40 am | No comments

In this job I see some pretty spectacular things, hear astonishing sounds and, on tour at least eat some incredible food (I had goat last night but passed on the bullfrog). I am surrounded by some fabulous musicians and hear the greatest soloists in the world as they pass...

Posted in: China September 2010, LSO On Tour

The Mahler Question

By | August 22, 2010 at 11:16 am | 6 comments

After a relaxing break for a couple of weeks in the summer it would be nice to gradually ease myself back into work with something low pressure and easy. Of course in the music business this simply doesn't happen and so this week we were thrown straight back into the whirlwind...

Posted in: LSO On Tour

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